Words by David Monnich
While ticket prices for music festivals have steadily increased over the past decade, San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival remains an anomaly. Nowhere else in the United States can you catch three days of music with over eighty bands and six stages for free. Thanks to the generosity of the festival’s late founder Warren Hellman
Friday’s performances will only be held on three out of the six stages and feature a heavy emphasis on indie-folk artists, including Conor Oberst, who will be curating and headlining the Rooster Stage, The Felice Brothers, The Cave Singers, and First Aid Kit. The Southwest desert ensemble Calexico will headline the Arrow Stage. Noteworthy bluegrass acts during the day include progressive innovators Seldom Scene and the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band featuring Tibetan vocalist Yungchen Lhamo. Bonnie Raitt compliments the sunset with a performance on the Banjo Stage.